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Week-long HFRC drive to boost safety for older people

23/01/2015

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Firefighters and trained technicians will be boosting safety in the homes of older people next week as part of a high profile campaign.

"Next week our crews and trained technicians will be carrying out as many Home Fire Risk Checks as possible in the homes of people aged 65 and over. Sadly, they are the most at risk of experiencing a property fire which is why it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to help protect them." 

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater

The Service will be focussing on people aged 65 and over from Monday, January 26 to Friday, January 30 when carrying out free Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRC).

The dedicated safety drive is part of the Older People’s campaign which was launched in December.

Statistics show that the majority of people who lose their lives in accidental house fires are over 65 while those over the age of 80 are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than those aged 30.

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater is urging anyone who knows a vulnerable older person to book them in for a free HFRC.

He said: “Next week our crews and trained technicians will be carrying out as many Home Fire Risk Checks as possible in the homes of people aged 65 and over. Sadly, they are the most at risk of experiencing a property fire which is why it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to help protect them.

“We are calling on people who have concerns about the safety of an older friend, relative or neighbour to contact us and book them in for a free HFRC. Visits will be arranged at a time to suit the resident, and the person who has referred them if they would also like to be there, and they don’t take long. However, the impact can be life-changing and potentially life-saving.”

During the HFRC visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in a property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire. They can also fit new smoke alarms.

For more information on the fire and rescue service’s Older People’s campaign visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1327.asp

People can call 0800 0241 999 to book a free HFRC either for themselves or for someone they know.